Having been to the Cat’s Pyjamas in Leeds last year, as soon as we heard one was opening in York it got added to our list, and we weren’t disappointed.
After a quick al fresco drink in our new favourite spot Spark, we headed over to the Cat’s Pyjamas. This is no bog standard curry house. The Cat’s Pyjamas, York offers Indian street food and prides itself on providing a selection of dishes which evoke the sights and sounds of India.
We arrived with no reservation but luckily for us the restaurant was quite quiet, the benefit of going out midweek as I suspect it’s a different story at the weekend. The first decision was what beer, as they have a big selection of craft beer as well as a regularly changing beer specials board. Obviously for me the choice of drink was simpler with just three reds to choose from so with a porter and a cabernet sauvignon delivered we could turn our attention to the menu.
There are no Korma’s or Rogan Josh here, the menu is a range of small dishes to be eaten tapas style, or as we did you can choose to have starters and main. For starters we can never resist an onion bahji so went for this and then for something a bit different we chose the paneer taco. The onion bhajis were absolutely lovely. Small crispy bites with a deliciously tangy chutney for dipping. The paneer tacos consisted of scrambled paneer inside small wheat tacos. Whilst very tasty with a slight hint of mint they were not particularly spicy.
For mains the decision was tricky especially for me as there is a great choice of vegetarian options. Eventually we plumped for the veg malai kofta and pepper chicken. Pulao rice (yes that’s how it’s spelt!) and a Yorkshire cheese naan were chosen as sides.
The food arrived quickly on a wave of tempting indian aromas. The kofta was incredibly tasty, little vegetable and paneer dumplings in a smooth creamy tomato sauce that had a delicate spicy flavour. The pepper chicken was also very flavoursome with a lovely peppery heat. Sat opposite a curry fan who likes them the hotter the better, the spicing in the chicken was a pleasant surprise. The rice was perfectly cooked, but the real star of the show was the naan. It was crisp and cheesy, the perfect accompaniment to soak up the curry sauces. To be honest we could just have eaten this on its own!
The Cat’s Pyjamas is a fantastic little spot to experience some tasty fresh indian street food. The décor is bright and fun which adds to the relaxed buzzy atmosphere of the whole dining experience. The staff are cheery and chatty and happy to offer recommendations. This is a great addition to York’s eatery options and we’ll definitely be heading back to try the rest of the menu.
🍷 Meal for 2 with 2 glasses of wine and 2 beers: £56.05
🎉 My Highlight: The Yorkshire Cheese Naan
⚡️ Jane’s Highlight: The spicing in the pepper chicken
🍴 If we could change one thing…
Better signs for the toilets (although they are getting signs soon we are told)
Jane ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Cand ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Restaurant details: www.thecatspjs.co.uk